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Spike, the Mixed-up Monster by Susan Hood
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Spike, the Mixed-up Monster (2012)

by Susan Hood

Other authors: Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

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This book tells the story of Spike, a not-so scary monster. Spike seeks help from other monsters to become more scary. Spike then goes on to help the scary monsters become nicer!
  Madelynnvallejo | Nov 26, 2018 |
This book is about a little monster who desperately wants to be seen as a big, scary monster. Everyone though sees him as a cute little monster who could not scare a soul. When another monster enters the scene, he realizes that he can use the attribute that he has a help people just the way he is. ( )
  aswilley16 | Oct 24, 2018 |
This Spanish themed book is about a small lizard named Spike. Spike wants to be scary to the other animals, but the other animals only view Spike as a cute animal friend. This tiny lizard shows up his peers by becoming the "tough guy" when a ferocious monster comes walking by. All the other animals hide in fear, when Spike tried to scare the Monster, but unfortunately only made him laugh. Spike realized that he had been the only one to make the Monster smile, because usually everyone is always afraid and runs from him.
  greinertsen17 | Feb 19, 2018 |
Summary: Spike, a slithery, spiky, stumpy, and small monster has trouble scaring the other creatures who live on the lake due to his tiny size. When a large, scary monster, lost on his way to a party, meanders near the lake, the other creatures all run and hide. Spike attempts to scare the large monster away; however, in his attempt, the large monster thinks that Spike is smiling up at him. The large monster stops and asks Spike for directions before he turns away. The other creatures thank Spike for saving them from the large, scary monster.
  UkulelesThatRead | Feb 19, 2018 |
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Primary or secondary (if learning spanish?)
Review: This book was about a monster named Spike who, as hard as he tried, just wasn't very scary. However, when a real monster came along, Spike tried scaring him, and ended up becoming friends with the monster, all because of a smile and being nice. The story also incorporated spanish words. At the end of the book, it also included pictures of the real animals and a little bit about them. This is a fantasy book because all of the animals were talking. It was also fantasy because, even though the characters were based on real animals, the storyline isn't true/real life.
Use in classroom: This book would be good to use in a classroom that are learning spanish words. Students can guess what the words mean from the context of the story line. It would also be good to discuss how stereotypes aren't always true. It would be a fun book to also look at the real animals and see how they were portrayed in the story version.
Media: watercolor, gouache, collage, mixed media ( )
  mdalbeck15 | Mar 3, 2017 |
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Susan Hoodprimary authorall editionscalculated
Sweet, MelissaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bromley, LizzyBook and cover designsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Paula, Brenda, Lisa, and Melissa
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For Lizzy, Paula, and Susan
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Spike was a monster.
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While Spike, a tiny salamander, practices being the monster he believes he is, other animals call him cute and funny but when a gila monster arrives and the other creatures hide, Spike shows his true nature.

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